Entrance Orientation: NW
Entrance Altitude: 300m asl
Cave Formation: Rock shelter
Cave Map: pending
Main Research Years: Ongoing
Occupation Eras and Dates: LN; EBA 3340-3020BC; 3330-2920BC
Trantalidou, K., Belegrinou, E., and Andreasen, N. 2010. Pastoral societies in the southern Balkan Peninsula: The evidence from caves occupied during the Neolithic and the Chalcolithic era, Phenomena of Cultural Borders and Border Cultures across the Passage of the Time. In Anodos 10, 295-320. Trnava University.
Cave Description: Katarraktes cave is located in the Kroussovitis Stream Valley, near the town Siderokastron, Serres. The surface area of the cave is 650 sq. m.
Research Chronicles and Data: Although excavations are still going on in this cave, three distinct phases have already been determined by identification of three different types of clay floor. On the latest floor discovered there are 16 post-holes. Four of these are about 10 m deep and are found on the N-S axis of the cave, resembling a kind of frame. Not many artefacts have been found, however there are fragments of burnt clay bearing imprints of reeds and branches.
Cave Uses: Storage (A.b) - As the excavation is still going on, it is difficult to comment on what this suggests about the usages of the cave, however storage and domestic activities seem most likely.